barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Baudelaire in Song – Lecture-Recital

Friday 17 November, 1.10pm

Baudelaire in Song

Mary Bevan soprano
Joseph Middleton piano
With Professor Helen Abbott

Professor Helen Abbott explores the music inspired by 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire, from household names such as Debussy to variety cabaret artists. For this, her Inaugural Lecture, Helen is joined by one of the UK’s finest sopranos Mary Bevan, and pianist Joseph Middleton.

We will learn about Helen’s research and its influence on performers as we hear works from Mary and Joseph’s latest album release, and music that Helen has written about in her latest book.

Programme includes:

Madrigal triste

Le Jet d’eau

La Vie antérieure

Harmonie du soir

Harmonie du soir

Kate Royal and Joseph Middleton

Wednesday 31 January 7.30pm

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ÉDOUARD MANET (1832-1883)

Charles Baudelaire